A recent study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that a growing number of pregnant women are getting vaccinated against whooping cough, or Pertussis.
Whooping cough is a potentially fatal respiratory infection, and the CDC recommends pregnant women get a Tdap vaccine against tetnanus, diphtheria and pertussis during the third trimester of every pregnancy to help protect their baby from whooping cough in the first few months of life.
“Getting Tdap vaccination while pregnant helps protect babies during the critical time between birth and 2 months old, the age when they are old enough to begin getting their own whooping cough vaccines,” said Carla Black, a researcher with the CDC’s Immunization Services Division who worked on the study.
About 49 percent of pregnant women in the U.S. got the Tdap vaccine last year, up from just 27 percent in 2014.
The study also found that women were most likely to get the Tdap vaccine when a doctor or nurse recommended it and offered to immunize them. About 70 percent of women were immunized under these circumstances, compared with just 1.4 percent of women who were not recommended the vaccine by a health care provider.